Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
How does one repair bubbles in rug flooring?
dutch061 from Phoenix, AZ
A friend of mine who does all my floor covering for me and does it for a living, uses a small thin sharp object to prick a few small holes in the bubble, to release the air. This works sometimes if it is not a large area. If the covering is not glued you may be able to pull a portion of the rug back starting at the edge till you get to the affected area. Use something smooth and heavy to work the bubble out by working outward toward the edge. If this was put down by a professional recently have them come out and correct the problem. I hope this helps you. When I said something heavy i meant something like a heavy smooth piece of pipe.
I have had an area carpet cleaned. Now it is rippled and won't lay flat. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Debra from Hamilton
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
The problem is that the yarns of the two carpets, upper and lower, are rubbing against each other. Go to an RV supply place and buy some of the rubbery, slightly sticky stuff that we RVers use to line the kitchen cupboards of our rigs so that our dishes stay put when we travel. You can buy the same stuff at places like K-Mart next to the Contact paper that is used to line home kitchen cupboards, but you can get it by the yard at the RV store, which might be cheaper. Buy a piece as long as one of your area rugs and place it under that rug. Should stop the area rug from sliding around.
They might be bubbling because they are getting stretched. If an area rug is sitting over a softer carpet, as the carpet underneath compresses each time it's walked on or furniture is placed on it, it could cause the area rug on top to slowly stretch over time. Unfortunately, if that is the cause of the bubbles, there's not much you'll be able to do about it.